Summer research has officially started! This week was spent getting things set up. We unpacked lab supplies and started working with cultures of our organisms – both the dermatophtyes and C. elegans, our worms. We also learned to use a giant pressure cooker called an autoclave and then used it to sterilize supplies and media. And perhaps most importantly, my students are getting a crash course on how to learn a new field. An important aspect of starting any new project is becoming up-to-date on what’s going on, so we’re leaving plenty of time for literature searches, reading papers, and discussions.
Rebecca Rashid Achterman